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11-29-2009, 07:55 AM   #1
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M42 Value

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I was thinking how great the M42 lens value is today. I just purchased a 28mm f3.5 super-tak for under $30.00 it came with a hood and both lens caps and a leather case. This got me thinking if this lens cost $100.00 in 1970 (just random price and date) how much would it cost in todays dollors? The answer in 2008 dollor is $564.00 I looked the equation up on google. Looking at the picture quality on this forum and looking at the pictures I have taken I think it is a great value for someone getting started photography. I have purchase five Super-tak prime lenses for well under $200.00 including shipping costs. Buying used lenses is the only way I can try new focal lenghts in prime lenses.

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QuoteOriginally posted by Garyleed Quote
Hey all,
I was thinking how great the M42 lens value is today. I just purchased a 28mm f3.5 super-tak for under $30.00 it came with a hood and both lens caps and a leather case. This got me thinking if this lens cost $100.00 in 1970 (just random price and date) how much would it cost in todays dollors? The answer in 2008 dollor is $564.00 I looked the equation up on google. Looking at the picture quality on this forum and looking at the pictures I have taken I think it is a great value for someone getting started photography. I have purchase five Super-tak prime lenses for well under $200.00 including shipping costs. Buying used lenses is the only way I can try new focal lenghts in prime lenses.

Gary
According to Paul Provencher's excellent M42 website, the 49mm filter ring version of the Super-Takumar 28/3.5 (introduced in 1966, discontinued in 1971) cost $199.00 when new.

Super-Takumar 28/3.5

Using the CPI Calculator below

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$199.00 in 1966 dollars had the same purchasing power as $1,327.75 in 2009 Dollars.

Maybe some of those DA Limiteds aren't so expensive after all.
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Wow!!!!! $1300...comparitively, I guess we do have it cheap...
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$199.00 in 1966 dollars had the same purchasing power as $1,327.75 in 2009 Dollars.


Wow!

As a novice photographer with an almost non-existant budget for lenses, I stumbled upon the existence of the old Takumars, and was impressed not only with the photos taken with them, but how inexpensive they are.

I was pleased to discover their adaptability to my Canon Xsi.

I purchased both an SMC Takumar 55mm 1.8 AND a Super Takumar 28mm 3.5 for $20 U.S.! I can't buy filters for that price.

Using manual focus lenses is still a learning curve for me, and can be especially difficult in low light situations with my camera. But when I get it right, I love the quality of the photos the Takumars produce.

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damn ... back in '66 I would have needed to have been super rich to have my current day Tak line-up.

the 28/3.5 is a little gem on a lens as well ... and nice and little as well.
Hell ... the whole Tak line-up is full of gems.
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Takumars were quite expensive back in the 60's and 70's. They were the top of the line and sought after. Those prices seem low but remember the pay scales back then. I was raising a new family on $10K a year. To give you a heads up on relative costs, my oldest daughter was born in 73. I had no insurance. I had to pay the Dr. and the hospital up front before my wife could get medical care. The total bill was $700. A $200 lens was quite expensive indeed! I was buying Soligors and Vivitars, when I could afford it, for well under $100.
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QuoteOriginally posted by ryan s Quote
Wow!!!!! $1300...comparitively, I guess we do have it cheap...
There is a reason why many of us could not afford additional lenses "back in the day" and why we are so addicted to buying them now.

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QuoteOriginally posted by reeftool Quote
Takumars were quite expensive back in the 60's and 70's. They were the top of the line and sought after. Those prices seem low but remember the pay scales back then. I was raising a new family on $10K a year. To give you a heads up on relative costs, my oldest daughter was born in 73. I had no insurance. I had to pay the Dr. and the hospital up front before my wife could get medical care. The total bill was $700. A $200 lens was quite expensive indeed! I was buying Soligors and Vivitars, when I could afford it, for well under $100.
Yep, back in those days $10K per year was your ticket into the middle class. The minimum wage in the U.S. was $1.45/hour (IIRC) and gas was under $0.35/gallon and my dad bought a new Buick Riviera for $4600. So...$199 at $1.45/hour = 137 hours to buy a 35mm lens for someone like me who was just out of high school.

And we think photography is an expensive hobby now!?

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Gah, I just bought a quite nice shape, working, functional Honeywell Spotmatic F, with mint SMC Tak 55mm f/1.8 for $10. No tax!

We do have it pretty good in 2009, esp if you're running film.



I was in LA yesterday, they had shortdate Foma 100ft rolls for $20, same with Efke 25 and 50. I'll be going back if I don't get some film for Xmas.
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I think it is a great value for someone getting started in photography.
Or for someone who's been shooting for four decades, like myself. Just because they're now great bargains doesn't lessen their IQ value compared to modern expensive lenses. I'm not looking to move up to "better" lenses.
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QuoteOriginally posted by raymeedc Quote
Or for someone who's been shooting for four decades, like myself. Just because they're now great bargains doesn't lessen their IQ value compared to modern expensive lenses. I'm not looking to move up to "better" lenses.
Ray: As we've discussed, I've decided to concentrate on 1975-1977 K lenses, while you're concentrating on Takumars - I just let a SMC Tak 55/1.8 (attached to an SP-F) go to a good home, where it will be used.

That being said, I can't force myself to part with my S-M-C Tak 50/1.4 and hood. The act of using it is just too sublime and the images are just too pleasing.

Thanks goodness there are m42-K adapters!!
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